Brain Teaser – Answers in Quotations


This week’s brainteaser is all about quotations – the people who originated them, what they said, the people or things they described, etc.

  1. What is the name for the law which states that “If there is a wrong way to do something, then someone will do it” or “If anything can go wrong, it will”?
  2. Which British poet wrote: “A thing of beauty is a joy for ever”? Was it Keats, Shelley or Gray?
  3. What was Shakespeare referring to in “Othello” when he wrote: “It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock the meat it feeds on”?
  4. Fill the gap in this quotation from a 1918 speech by David Lloyd George; “What is our task? To make Britain a fit country for…what?…to live in”.
  5. Which British conductor said “The English may not like music – but they absolutely love the noise it makes”?
  6. In the 1933 film “I’m No Angel”, which actress said “Beulah, peel me a grape”?
  7. Complete this quotation from Kingsley Amis’s “Lucky Jim”, about someone recovering from a hangover: “He resolved, having done it once, never to move his…what?…again”.
  8. Which French author wrote “L’Enfer, c’est les Autres” (Hell is other people)?
  9. Which British prime minister was Peter Cook impersonating in “Beyond the Fringe” in 1961 when he said “We exchanged many frank words in our respective languages”?
  10. Which American said: “A good newspaper…is a nation talking to itself”?

Find the answers here.

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